JIS News

Residents of Portland turned out on Independence Day (August 6), to participate in a civic ceremony, held in the Port Antonio town square.
The event was organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), to observe the country’s 48th anniversary of independence.
Addressing the function, Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson said Jamaicans should reflect on the sacrifices made by their forefathers, so that “we can stand today and celebrate such a great achievement.”
He reminded the residents that what they do today, will impact the lives of their children, and urged them to use this opportunity to “unite and move forward under God’s guidance as a proud nation.”
During the function, Independence Day messages were read by Mr. Hugh Perry, Justice of the Peace; Councillor Derron Wood of the Fairy Hill Division; and Councillor Wayne McKenzie of the Prospect Division, for the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding, and Opposition Leader, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, respectively.
After the ceremony, there was a march past by uniformed groups, including members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Island Special Constabulary Force, and the Combined Cadet Corps.
There were also cultural presentations by the Port Antonio Theatre Group and the Port Antonio Marching Band.
Later in the evening, hundreds of persons turned out to continue the celebrations at the Street Gala.

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